Kelly Medler
January 2, 2011 | Archive | Kelly Medler

When the temperature drops - take it outside

Hello from beautiful Switzerland, the land of cheese, chocolate and really big mountains!  In spite of the frigid temperatures the Alps are an endless winter playground, home to great skiing, snow kiting, bobsledding, competitive tobogganing, horse races and winter golf tournaments on the frozen lakes.  If it’s a game you can play on snow and ice the Swiss do it!

Another thing the Swiss do really well is drink, outside! Ski resorts here are primarily about the eating and drinking experience and your skis are basically just your mode of transportation to the next bar. Outdoor tiki bars that look like they have been teleported from the Caribbean are mobbed with people drinking in helmets, ski boots and spandex tight ski pants.  The après ski scene starts right on the slopes and doesn’t end till the disco.  I first thought these people were insane to party in ski boots, but soon discovered the benefit of dancing in ski boots is that after one too many drinks they hold you up on the dance floor and work as support system to minimize swaying!

So take a lesson from the Swiss and don’t let any weak excuses about the weather prevent you from winter adventuring, with wine of course. Oh one more tip…heat it up!  The winter beverage of choice over here is Glühwein, it’s warm, boozy and goes down like water after a day on the slopes. So if you feel the need to get the party started with something hot and spicy and break it down in your ski boots, here’s the recipe.

1 cup water
1 cup Orange Juice
1 cup brown sugar – white works too
3-4 Cinnamon sticks
Bunch of whole cloves (20 or so)
2 Lemons (sliced)
2 Oranges (sliced)
2 Bottles of Red Wine (Outdoor Wino Campfire Red works best!)

Bring the first 5 ingredients to a boil. Add the lemons and oranges and wine. Let simmer for as long as you can wait. (But don’t wait for more than an hour! Oh and if it’s not strong enough, just dump in some rum or vodka!) Ok now pop it in a thermos and Take it outside!


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